Pandemic News/Awareness. - page 22

I had to close the other panflu thread as it was way too long, and becoming unreadable. I am starting this one with info on the agenda of this meeting tomorrow in Congress. I am linking to... Read More

  1. by   indigo girl
    CDC Unable to Fill Overseas Posts

    This is very bad news considering where the vacancies are occurring.
    Very, bad indeed...

    Quote from
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Alison Young reported last week that only 166 of the agency's 304 positions in overseas assignments are now filled. Of those still vacant, at least 85 are expected to remain unfilled through the remainder of the year because of delays in the hiring process. Several of those key unfilled positions are in China and Indonesia, a hotbed of activity for H5NI avian influenza, the virus that scientists fear may mutate and spark a pandemic.
  2. by   indigo girl
    Sad news for Ghana. H5N1 is confirmed. They have joined the growing
    number of countries with positive avian flu infections in birds.

    This is interesting. Dr. Niman of Recombinomics is reporting that the U.S. Naval lab,
    NAMRU 3 has set up a lab there to provide viral sequences.
    Last edit by indigo girl on May 2, '07
  3. by   indigo girl
    Thoughtful commentary on hospitals and keeping the doors open.
    Can they do it?
  4. by   cactus wren
    Anything around 1918 or greater will shut down many of our hospitals in a few weeks.
    It`s not just PPEs, and understaffed,overworked HCW, either.
    Where are the needed supplies going to come from? Little things like IVF, Lab Reagents, O2, food, linens, meds, etc.If they are overwhelmed, then the supply line stops.Our JIT economy will hasten the death of many patients, not just PI patients. Many of our meds are made offshore. Our last US Vit.C plant has closed. All our Vit C is now imported from China. Makes one wonder where things like insulin,BP meds, etc are made,doesn`t it ?
  5. by   indigo girl
    Things will certainly be different if we are not prepared. Pharmaceuticals will be a hugh problem, and as would all manner of supplies.
  6. by   Ayrman
    Many medications come from overseas, despite all the warnings about lack of oversight for foreign manufactured drugs. Costa Rica and Puerto Rico are two locations of significant manufacturing facilities, and much of the nation's insulin supply still comes from Denmark.

  7. by   indigo girl
    From the Egyptian headlines today via Avian Flu Diary:

    You might get the impression that the Egyptians are concerned based on reading this article.
  8. by   indigo girl
    Deleted duplicate post.
    Last edit by indigo girl on Jun 23, '07
  9. by   indigo girl
    Here is a series of essays on telling the public about using masks for protection from avian influenza. You know, just the fact that this advice is being issued should alert some of you to the fact that there is a real concern that something very serious could happen.

    The virus is learning, through trial and error and evolutionary pressures, to expand its host range. And that is less than comforting.

    Quote from
    These subtle, though important changes, are why governments are taking the virus far more seriously today than they were two years ago.

    Although the science is sparse, anecdotal accounts in medical journals from the early 1900's give us clues that the 1918 Spanish Flu may have taken years to fulminate into a pandemic. There is evidence that it didn't erupt overnight.

    The difference today is, we are watching the virus as it evolves, and have had a warning that those in 1918 simply never could have dreamed of. While we don't fully understand all of the changes we are seeing, we do know they are moving in an uncomfortable direction.
    Last edit by indigo girl on May 6, '07
  10. by   CHATSDALE
    a global warming can be a reality in a generation and a pandemic can be a reality in a year... we need to pull the old head out of the sand
  11. by   gr8greens
    Quote from CHATSDALE
    a global warming can be a reality in a generation and a pandemic can be a reality in a year... we need to pull the old head out of the sand

    Agreed. I think Indigo girl is doing a fantastic job keeping us informed on an almost daily basis. Now only if more of our profession would open there eyes and read!

    A very curious thing is happening at my facility........maintainance has hung hardware for privacy curatians in our hallways on the units???? They were told the space was for hall beds for pt. overflow from the ER. Hall beds were banned about 12-15 years ago by the fire fire hazzards.

    So what's different all of a sudden? And what about HIPPA?
  12. by   indigo girl
    There is a big difference between what the CDC has just told the public
    regarding mask protection and, what is not only recommended but
    mandated by the WHO for HCW. Why the disconnect? If you need
    protection, you need reliable information.
    (hat tip Theresa41/CE)
  13. by   indigo girl
    Two videos on avian flu preparedness:

    You should be aware that this second video which seems to be
    saying that you should have Tamiflu on hand, does not mention
    the latest information about the adverse effects in children, and
    the suicides in Japan. Most of us will not be able to get Tamiflu
    anyway. Doctors have been discouraged from writing scripts for